City techies are set to hit streets on November 30 protesting against the ‘pathetic’ infrastructure. The protest named ‘#SaveWhitefield’ would be a non-political and a peaceful one with protestors planning to form a human chain. The protest will be held at Kundalahalli, Hoodi, Marathalli, ITPB and Forum Mall Junction.
Speaking to media, Utkarsh Singh, who is the founder-managing director of a design firm, said, “We are focussing on trying to get things improved. This is one of the highest tax-paying regions in Bengaluru and Karnataka. However, it misses champions like Narayana Murthy or Kiran Mazumdar Shaw who were instrumental in bringing projects like the Electronics City expressway. On the other hand, the MNCs in Whitefield are generally led by CEOs who are here for a short stint and would not want to take the government head on and end up with repercussions. There may not be much difference when it comes to Whitefield and Electronics City in terms of revenue generation. Moreover, there are a number of international schools in Whitefield where kids are suffering because of the pathetic infrastructure.
One of the recent examples was of kids stuck in school buses for hours due to heavy rainfall. All these issues prompted us to protest.”
The biggest trigger for the protest was the November 16 incident when most people working or living in Whitefield suffered massive delays while commuting. Children struggled without water and food, stuck in school buses for hours waiting to get home. Apart from rain and the pitiful condition of roads, or the lack of them, a lot of jams were caused due to poorly executed manhole covers. A key example was the one right next to Shell petrol bunk next to Hotel Alila/Holiday Inn. This was cemented only a couple of weeks back and is now broken again. Hence, the recent assurances that work will be completed soon are of no use as most of the work is very slow and of poor quality.
Nidhi Pratapneni, a member of Whitefield Rising said, “It was basically a swell of emotions. As a group, we are supporting those hitting the street and ensuring that it is a non-political event. The situation in Whitefield is really pathetic and the roads look like streams infested with mosquitoes, resulting in deterioration of quality of life.”
The peaceful protest will be organised on Nov 30 between 10 am and 1 pm. The event will run in parallel at multiple locations in Whitefield. Vaijayanthi Bhat, another resident of Whitefield, said, “The lack of planning and infrastructure is poor as it is and even the most basic amenities are not in place in Whitefield. We keep reading about increasing taxes, but where is the accountability?”
Bangalore Mirror had highlighted the poor condition of Whitefield roads in a recent article – Are we on the moon? Kundalahalli Gate cratered in less than a month (November 14, 2015) – which highlighted how Vibgyor Road (near Kundalahalli Gate) which was recently repaired had returned to its old condition with huge potholes and craters. Residents are now complaining over the negligence of the civic authorities in the construction of the road using low quality material.